2012 AACN Research Grant Recipients

AACN Impact Research Grant

Jean Anne Connor, RN, DNSc, CPNP, director of nursing research in the cardiovascular program at Children’s Hospital Boston

Consortium Congenital Cardiac Care Measurement of Nursing Practice (C4MNP) — Description of the Current State of Cardiovascular Nursing Measurement in Free-Standing Children’s Hospitals in the United States

Connor and her research team will conduct a 12-month pilot study to explore how children’s hospitals across the United States measure the quality of care provided by pediatric cardiovascular nurses. The resulting baseline data will help identify key performance indicators specific to pediatric nursing and articulate their value in the delivery of nursing care — a crucial element to ongoing efforts to improve quality and reduce costs.

Brigit Carter, RN, PhD, MSN, CCRN, assistant clinical professor, Duke University School of Nursing, Durham, N.C.

Intra-abdominal Pressure Monitoring of Extremely and Very Low Birth Weight Preterm Infants (< 1500 Grams) During Enteral Gastric Tube Feedings

Carter and her research team will monitor intra-abdominal pressure in very low birth weight preterm infants with the aim of identifying early symptoms of feeding intolerance. The findings could help healthcare providers better adjust feeding volumes, resulting in more rapid postnatal growth, thereby reducing the length of hospital stay and hospital costs.

AACN-Edwards Lifesciences Nurse-driven Clinical Practice Outcomes Grant

Michele DeGrazia, RN, PhD, NNP-BC, Children’s Hospital Boston

Cranial Cup Use for the Correction of Positional Head Shape Deformity in Premature Infants: A Pilot Study

DeGrazia and her research team will conduct a pilot study to determine if the cranial cup is successful in correcting positional head-shape deformity in a sample of prematurely born infants.

AACN-Sigma Theta Tau Critical Care Grant

Rachel Joseph, RN, MSN, CCRN, Christiana Care Health Systems, Newark, Del.

Quality of Life of Parental Caregivers of Children (1 – 36 months) With a Tracheostomy

Joseph and her research team will conduct a cross-sectional descriptive study to gather data on stress, coping and quality of life in parents of children with a tracheostomy age 1 month to 36 months.

AACN-Philips Healthcare Clinical Outcomes Grant

Alison Montpetit, RN, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing, Richmond, Va.

Relationships Between Exhaled Nitric Oxide, Volumetric Capnography and Pulmonary Status in Patients With Rib Fractures

Montpetit and her research team will conduct a descriptive study to investigate the relationships between eNO, VCO2 and pulmonary status in patients with rib fractures.

Camilla Pearson, RN, Medstar Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C.

Feasibility and Safety of Implementing a MICU Short-Term Intubation Nursing Swallow Screen 

Pearson and her research team will assess the feasibility and safety outcomes of an evidence-based, nurse-driven, short-term intubation swallow screen protocol for critical care patients intubated < 48 hours. Secondary aims will assess length of stay and patient care costs.

Christina Stewart-Amidei, MSN, RN, CNRN, CCRN, FAAN, University of Central Florida College of Nursing, Orlando, Fla.

Physiologic Responses to a Passive Exercise Intervention in Mechanically-Ventilated Critically Ill Adults

Stewart-Amidei and her team will assess the cardiopulmonary, neurodynamic, inflammatory and pain responses to an early standardized passive exercise intervention (ESPEI) in mechanically ventilated critically ill patients.


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